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  1. Awaiting_the_fifth

    Are we real?

    As I browse through the posts of some old friends, I cannot help but see the irony of this thread. Maybe irony is the wrong word, call it an allegory instead, I see people all around me, people with their own images, names and personalities but really, I have no proof that these messages are...
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    TV tube testing....memories

    I think it's strange that the world rushed to completely replace all valve driven electronics with these new-fangled transistors. Transistors have their uses - so do valves. I just bought myself a new guitar amplifier that uses old style valves instead of transistors. The sound is incredible...
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    Ban Religion Completely

    I think there's a difference between sports which involve some violence (such as Ice-hockey, rugby, boxing) and violence between non-players because of sports. I think the idea is that banning religion to end the associated violence would be similar to banning sport to end the associated...
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    Ban Religion Completely

    The Rangers/Celtic conflict in scotland is a very strange situation. Although both teams are based in Glasgow, the arguments between them seem to span all of Scotland and as Snoopy pointed out, it goes far beyond football. Although I am English, I went to University in Scotland in Dundee. On a...
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    Ban Religion Completely

    In my eyes, religion has been and still is used as an excuse for many cruel regimes and evil people. You could take away the religion, but they would find another excuse because they are just full of hate. Someone mentioned football violence? It's exactly the same. The people who engage in...
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    Questions about your faith

    I don't try to define God because I do not believe that he exists. As Toujour mentioned, there are, I believe, higher beings living longer, happier lives, but in my mind these do not equate well to the monotheist idea of "God" I'm not sure what you mean exactly by religious experiences. I...
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    New Kadampa Tradition/Dalai Lama

    Those are very interesting articles and by far the most damning report of the NKT I have heard yet. For my part, I am grateful to the NKT for the introduction to buddhism they gave me some yeard ago. I do not accept the accusation that they are a cult simply because the organisation is so easy...
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    The Amazing Pseudo-Haiku Chain

    but first you scare it for fear provides defences for the timid mind
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    Relationships

    From the Smithsonian National Park Website http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ This would suggest that from a scientific point of view, as humans are primates, they are likely to be naturally polygamous.
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    The Amazing Pseudo-Haiku Chain

    Stop and ponder it but you won't understand it it has no purpose
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    Trouble with my big attachment

    Hi everyone. This was actually one of the last thread's that I posted before I dissapeared for months and I'm afraid I never did read your replies. I can now say that after a break between seasons, I have stopped worrying about it so much. It occurred to me that I was becoming as attached...
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    The Amazing Pseudo-Haiku Chain

    Sorry, but that's genious.
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    The Amazing Pseudo-Haiku Chain

    Making it a sign Will not make them follow it It must be perfect
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    The Amazing Pseudo-Haiku Chain

    The truth that we see Is the truth we always held Look with better eyes
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    A problem?

    Many thanks for your response. I am getting the impression that to Baha'is, a ritual is something that is shared with a congregation of people, hence excempting your solitary prayer. Is this a fair assesment? Also, I find this statement puzzling: You seem to be saying that your rituals...
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    A problem?

    Please excuse this intrusion onto your board, I do not mean to be deliberately contensious, but there is something I do not understand about this. You say that your faith minimises rituals, but each individual must say daily prayers AND recite this phrase 95 times? daily? That actually...
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    What do you look like?

    No, I'm not really a cop, just trying to look a bit quirky on stage.
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    What do you look like?

    Me playing in York on Thursday night. I'm in the middle with the red Les Paul.
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    Spirituality or Hallucination?

    A close friend of mine recently told me about his experience with LSD. He took it once after a night of using a number of other drugs (mostly MDMA and Cocaine). He told me about the good parts, understanding all of creation, communicating with nature on a spiritual level. He also told me...
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    Spirituality or Hallucination?

    Use of hallucinogenic drugs (which I have not tried yet, but would not rule out) seems to fit in well with my own view on the universe. I believe strongly that everything I sense, everything that exists in my universe, is a part of my own mental continuum, a kind of fantasy world, if you like...
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